About the time that Reformation fires were spreading from the Continent into
Tyndale traveled secretly to
Friends had helped hide and support William Tyndale during his years of Bible translation, during which he revised his New Testament and translated a portion of the Old Testament. But in 1535, while hiding in
The Lord answered that prayer in a way that probably exceeded Tyndale’s expectations. English translations, approved by King Henry VIII and based on Tyndale’s work, soon began appearing on the scene. The King James Version (1611) and many modern versions owe a great debt to Tyndale’s work.
Fluent in seven languages besides his own native English, William Tyndale was a scholar who used his great learning to minister God’s Word to the common people. He had to flee his country and live as a fugitive to accomplish the work God had given him to do. When caught, he had to suffer cold, sickness, deprivation, darkness, and the injustice of a heresy trial. In his death he pleaded in behalf of the Lord’s own work among the people. He reminds me of the men and women in Hebrews 11 who were so mistreated for their faith in Christ. The Divine estimate of them could be William Tyndale’s epitaph: “Of whom the world was not worthy.”
Three things I want to carry away from considering Tyndale’s life and death: 1) whatever abilities God has given me, I want to develop and use them for His glory in the service of His people. 2) Whenever I read the Bible or carry a pocket New Testament, I don’t want to take that privilege for granted but remember what it cost to have the Word of God so available. 3) Lord, help me to be faithful unto death.
See Wikipedia for a good article on Tyndale.
Also there are good articles or biographical chapters in these books:
Sketches from Church History by S.M. Houghton (Banner of Truth, 1980)
The Footsteps of God by John Legg (Evangelical Press, 1986)
Please inform me of other resources on Tyndale.